Well we have had six days here at Karumba on the Gulf. What a neat place this camp ground on Karumba Point is. Right on the water, temperature is great at give or take 30 degrees. No wind to speak of . Blue skies. No rain, it stopped a couple of weeks ago. People are happy, they go fishing, talk about fishing, clean their catch, eat their catch, go fishing, talk about fishing, clean their catch,eat their catch etc. Endless! The pool here though is a bit chilly. Allthego went in a few times and it was nippy. There is a character here who ties a rope around himself, gets in the pool and does laps against the rope, really bores into it. Must be 70. Exhausting.
We have used Karumba as a base and tripped into Normanton a couple of times for the ride on the Gulflander and to look around the town. Much prefer Kuramba for ambience!
Allthego was chasing Barra so he took a charter out for half day in search of the Barra, no Barra. The port side of the boat caught 80% of the fish, about 25 salmon. Allthego was on the starboard side and caught 2 under size salmon and an under size cod. Stingrays offered some minor excitement. The catch was shared, so we ended up with a couple of nice fish. Filled in 5 hours on the placid Gulf seas and it was very peaceful out there drifting around. Fishing and eating fish seems to be the go here.
The fish and chips (had a few prawns as well) are great at the Sea Breeze Cafe. Really nicely cooked piece of Barra. Hotel on the Point was also great as the sun sank into the ocean.
Our last evening was spent on a sunset cruise ( a loose description for an over-size dinghy) along the Norman River and then out about 5 k into the Gulf to a sand island where we wandered around taking photos, drinking a glass of white and eating some prawns and fruit. While this was happening the sun was dropping into the ocean. Really top trip.
We left Karumba this morning for Burketown (where we now are). Tomorrow we are onward bound for Adel’s Grove near Lawn Hill National Park. On the way through the savannah we stopped off at Burke & Wills last campsite before they set off for the coast (which they never reached). There are two trees here still living bearing Burke and Wills marks. The live trees must be 200 plus years old (?).
Adel’s Grove is a bit isolated and I may not be able to get a blog up for a few days. Maybe something is possible.